Skate Creek Area


Skate Creek is located between Mount Rainier National Park to the north and Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to the south. Tatoosh Wilderness, Goat Rocks Wilderness, and William O. Douglas Wilderness are to the north, southeast, and northeast respectively, with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest as a buffer in all directions. Meandering along picturesque Skate Creek to the mountain community of Ashford, this scenic drive winds through forests blanketed in rich green mosses and a multitude of waterfalls, both big and small. This paved, but primitive road continues to be a well-kept secret offering beauty and serenity for those ready to explore. See waterfalls meander along the roadside as you experience the beauty and serenity of this little gem. The fall colors are absolutely spectacular. Skate Creek is a favorite among campers and fishing enthusiasts. In the winter, Skate Creek area offers many different trails of adventure. Trail/Road 52 is an ungroomed and moderately traveled, easy 12.9 mile trail used by cross-country skiiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers. Elevation ranges from 1,600 to 2,560 feet. To find the trail turn off of Highway 12 at Packwood, onto Forest Road 52 to Skate Creek Sno-Park Jct. 52/47.


Forest Service Road 52
Packwood, WA 98361


46.61021296, -121.66879356
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(360) 497-1100

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